Star Trek Christianity

I like the Star Trek series.  However, the world of Star Trek presents a version of society that will never have any basis in actual reality.  For example, they have “evolved” to the point where money is no longer necessary.  That’s a great fantasy which will never find reality.

Perhaps our Systematic Theologies have as much basis in Scriptural reality as a life with no need of money in Star Trek’s reality. Could it be we’ve created our theologies to fit our preconceived notions of what we want Scripture to say?

Will Mother Earth Survive?

I can safely assure you that God isn’t worried about climate change. Others are, however. Watching the Weather Channel this morning, climate change was once again brought into the discussion concerning what’s happening around the world. I get tired of hearing this nonsense.

The real problem isn't climate change. The real problem is Bible illiteracy. That’s it.

Faith, A Life Principle

Habakkuk 2:4 — Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but The Just Shall Live By His Faith.

After almost 20 years of pastoring my church, I resigned. As I’ve stated in previous blogs, I needed a break, rest, time in God’s Word to grow personally. So, we packed up and moved to Arizona. But then once there, something unexpected happened — my faith took a nose dive.

I couldn’t really tell you how it happened. I didn’t lose my faith in God, His Word, or my salvation. I just lost … something.

The Dispensation Of Grace ... or, Perhaps Something Else?

I was recently listening online to a preacher discussing the King James Version and why he and his church use it. He does a great job presenting the whole aspect of the issue and presenting the facts as he has studied it out. The best part is he’s not a KJV Only type of guy. Refreshing.

During his talk, it came out that he’s a Dispensationalist. No surprise, really. He doesn’t make a big deal of it though. However, he made mention of the Dispensation of Grace.

Walk In The Spirit

“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.” Galatians 5:16

When thinking about walking in the Spirit, this verse in Galatians most likely comes to your mind.  It’s a verse that I’ve visited many times over these 45 years of salvation.  It’s a truth that has always encouraged and stabilized God’s people in every generation.

However, there’s another verse that mentions walking in the Spirit.  Interestingly, it comes from the exact opposite perspective as Galatians.  It’s found in Micah 2:11.  I just read it this morning.

Billy Sunday and Old Fashion Preaching

I have a complete 1921 edition of the magazine The Country Gentleman.  I got it professionally framed, and I have the joy of seeing it everyday as it hangs.  Hard to believe it will soon be 100 years old.  (I also have an original cover page of the 11/24/51 edition of The Saturday Evening Post which shows a grandmother and her grandson at a diner in some working class town praying.  I love it.  It’s professionally framed as well.)

God's Plumb Line - The Torah

So what is a plumb line?

Here’s a pretty good definition that I found.

“A plumb line, also called a plummet, is a cord with a non-magnetic weight attached to one end. When the cord is held in such a way that the weight can dangle freely, an exact vertical can be determined. Painters and carpenters use plumb lines to keep their work straight. It is difficult, while in the middle of a project, to determine a true horizontal or vertical line without an objective measuring tool, so a plumb line is employed. A plumb line applies the law of gravity to find right angles, to indicate the most direct route from top to bottom, and to keep things plumb. A plumb line doesn’t change or move with the whims of the carpenter. It remains true, and all work must line up with it or risk being crooked.”

"Exvangelicals"

I’ve come upon this term in reference to a shift within Christianity. It appears that some of the younger generation of Christians no longer want to be associated with the term Evangelical.

In all fairness, I never did use the term “evangelical” to define myself. There’s nothing inherently wrong or bad with the term. However, once you put a label on yourself it does kind of identify you with the whole.

Are You An Israelite? I Am.

Gentiles, by faith, are grafted in among Israel (the Israel of God) as Israelites.  It’s not by blood.  It never has been.  That’s why John the Baptist said in Matthew 3:9:  “And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.”  Could God raise up children unto Abraham out of stones?  Yes.